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Monday, July 11, 2005

The difference between us and the Brits

I heard on the news this morning on the way to work that a few mosques had been burned down in London as a response to the terrorist attacks. Maybe more than a few. Now, that is what is different about us and the Brits is something like that would never happen here. We are too PC, too sensitive to do something so brash. I am not saying it is a good thing to go around burning up mosques. I do see how communities etc. in London may keep quiet in turning in those people who did it. They have more of an eye for an eye attitude. I don't think that will deter the people who did it.

Which brings up the question what will?


  • Come on. Don't be naive. American's were possibly even more capable of such ignorance after the 911 attacks. A quick google search yields a plethora of examples, the most extensive of which seems to be this list.

    Perhaps the difference is simply the attention of the American media. Or perhaps the real problem is that, aside from mediums like this, our current system has no built in motivation to inform us of things we don't want to hear.

    By Anonymous derek, at 4:45 PM  

  • Did you read some of those? They are not really the same as actually burning down a mosque. It is different to harrass or assault people. That's pretty adolescent and in-the-moment. You would actually have to take the time to set the flamable liquid in areas where you know it will get the most damage done or possibly burn the entire place down. Pre-meditated comes to mind. Not the type of thing you just walk over and do. A molotov cocktail is like trying akin to using a shotgun for sniping. I don't know, it just feels different. Could be my naivete.

    I do agree the media has no motivation to inform us of things we don't want to hear. However that may also be what "they" don't want us to hear either. Good points though

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